Retired Space Shuttle Engineer and Silverado Calabasas Resident with Alzheimer’s Visits Space Shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Center

Bob Wilmes’ lifelong career in aerospace enabled him and his team of engineers to make history as they developed systems responsible for taking astronauts to and from space.

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Retired Space Shuttle Engineer Bob Wilmes Visits Space Shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Center in Los Angeles

Since dad has Alzheimer’s, our hope was that the visit would help jump start some of his memories...

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 20, 2013

On December 12, with help from Silverado Memory Care Community and the California Science Center, retired Space Shuttle worker Bob Wilmes and his three daughters visited the Endeavor exhibit, giving him a special glimpse into his past and making a connection to one of his greatest moments of pride. From work on the B-1 and B-2 Bombers to the Apollo Space program and then the Space Shuttle, Wilmes’ lifelong career in aerospace is the ultimate representation of American ingenuity and innovation. Today, Wilmes is unable to remember much of the history he helped shape. In 2007, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and moved to Silverado Calabasas Memory Care Community where he has continued to live a full life.

“Since dad has Alzheimer’s, our hope was that the visit would help jump start some of his memories, and I could tell when he was focusing on the shuttle that there was a glimmer of recognition there,” shares his daughter Joyce Wilmes Reitz. “It’s such an amazing life’s work for him and I feel really proud that I could be a part of it today.” She adds, “I feel like Silverado saved Dad’s life. I found the right place for him – it’s like a home. My dad lived with us for six years and I felt like no one could take care of him the way I could, but now I can finally relax.”

Silverado’s approach to memory care results in unmatched outcomes for those with memory loss. The company’s distinctive model combines the social benefits of a community with the support of world-class clinical care – including around-the-clock licensed nurses and industry-leading medical directors. For more information about Silverado Memory Care Community in Calabasas, please visit SilveradoCare.com/calabasas or call (866) 522-8125.


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